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Benjamin Turtle CAL Part 3

TGIF! I hope everyone is enjoying the Benjamin Turtle pattern. Today’s post is the final one for this crochet-along. You will be making the bottom flap and assembling the nap buddy.

Directions:

Bottom:

Row 1: With Dark Olive yarn, ch 30, hdc in 2nd ch and in each ch across (29 hdc).

Rows 2-4: Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in first st, hdc across (32 hdc at end of Row 4).

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, 1 hdc, ch 1, sk next st, 30 hdc.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each hdc and ch-1 sp.

Rows 7-14: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st.

Rows 15-24: Repeat Rows 5-14.

Rows 25-26: Repeat Rows 5-6.

Rows 27-29: Ch 1, turn, dec over first 2 sts, hdc across (29 hdc at end of Row 29). Do not fasten off.

Edging:

Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across top, down side, across unused loops on bottom, and up the other side with 2 hdc in each corner. Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing.

Finished flap measures approximately 10” x 11”.

Assembly:

turtle blanket centers

Mark centers of blanket and turtle. Measure from center, 5” to left and 5” to right and pin blanket to turtle at these spots. Sew center 10” of blanket to turtle using Dark Olive yarn and back stitch. For extra security, sew edges of blanket to turtle with whip st.

Fold blanket into thirds and roll it, then fit it inside the turtle. Pin bottom flap centered over the blanket/turtle seam and sew in place.

turtle bottom flap

Sew buttons to bottom of shell corresponding to buttonholes in bottom flap.

turtle buddy bottom 

Head:

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch. Do not join. Work in continuous rnds throughout head.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (18 sc).

Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnds 6-9: Sc in each st.

Rnd 10: *Dec, sc in next 3 sts,* repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 11: Sc in each st.

Insert eyes at Rnd 4, approximately 1” apart.

Rnd 12: *Dec, sc in next 2 sts,* repeat around (18 sc).

Rnds 13-16: Sc in each st. Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 12” length.

Stuff head and sew to front of turtle at the top edge of the center hexagon. Weave in all ends.

turtle buddy both small

Part 1 of the CAL can be found at Benjamin Turtle Nap Buddy CAL.

Part 2 of the CAL can be found at Benjamin Turtle Nap Buddy CAL Part 2.

Free Turtle Jewelry Pattern

Please post your turtle photos to Facebook or Instagram.

Summer Solstice Giveaway

I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing crochet pattern giveaway! There are 25 designers, each offering a different summer pattern. Use coupon code SUMMER2020 on Ravelry through 6/24/2020. These amazing patterns should keep you busy for quite a while this summer!

Summer Solstice Giveaway

My contribution to the roundup is also available at First Day of Summer – easy butterfly flip flop pattern. If you prefer video tutorials, please see YouTube.

National Zoo & Aquarium Month

June 50% off patterns continue with today’s animal being the Polar Bear. We still have over a week to go in June with lots more half price patterns. Thursday’s sale is also still available – Fish Dish Towel. Makes a great Father’s Day gift!

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For the bargain shoppers among you, this week’s Etsy specials are 20% off yarn and 30% off select finished products.

King Snake crocheted in Bernat blanket yarn

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I spent this week working on a giant snake plushie. Bernat blanket yarn is so soft and squishy, I just love using it to make stuffed animals! The pattern is complete, but I need a couple of people to test it. If you would like to test, please join my Facebook group for the King snake and other testing opportunities. The snake in the photo measures 100″ long, and instructions are also given for a 66″ snake.

Panda Bear Eyeglass Holder

panda

For the Addi knitter, this cute panda pattern is quick and easy.

Panda Eyeglass Holder Addi Pattern

Have a safe and happy summer. Happy crocheting!

 

 

 

 

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Benjamin Turtle Nap Buddy CAL Part 2

Good morning everyone! We had a cool front come in this week with gorgeous morning temps. It will be a hot one in the afternoon, but I’ve been enjoying my morning coffee on the patio enjoying the 70-degree weather.

Benjamin is proving to be as popular with crocheters as I had hoped – he’s just so cute! Please share your color combinations on Instagram or Facebook. This week we’ll be making the African flower motifs for his shell and putting them together. Next week will be making the turtle head and bottom flap, then attaching the blanket to the turtle shell.

Part 1 is available at Benjamin Turtle Nap Buddy CAL.

Part 3 is available at Benjamin Turtle CAL Part 3

Free Turtle Jewelry Pattern

Turtle Directions

African Flower (Make 10):

Rnd 1: With Sungold yarn, Magic Ring (MR), ch 3 (counts as dc), dc, ch 1, *2 dc, ch 1,* repeat 4 times, join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off Sungold.

Rnd 2: Attach Mild Green yarn in any ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc, ch 1, 2 dc in same sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next 5 ch-1 sps. Join with sl st in top of beg ch-3.

Rnd 3: Sl st into ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), 6 dc in same ch-1 sp, 7 dc in remaining 5 ch-1 sps. Join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off Mild Green.

Rnd 4: Attach Toasted Almond yarn at first dc of any 7-dc group, ch 1, *sc in each of 7 dc across top of shell, sc in sp between shells two rows below in Rnd 2,* repeat 5 times. Join with sl st in top of first sc. Fasten off Toasted Almond yarn.

Rnd 5: Attach Dark Olive Yarn, ch 1 (does not count as st), *hdc in each of 8 sc across side of hexagon, ch 1,* repeat 5 times. Join with sl st in top of first hdc. Fasten off Dark Olive Yarn. Block squares and sew together in the following configuration.

turtle assembly

Each side of the hexagon is 8 hdc with a ch at each end. Sew these sts together. On the hexagons that form the outer edge (as indicated in photo below by arrows), continue this seam for an additional 4 sts.

turtle hexagon arrows

Edging:

Rnd 1: Attach Dark Olive yarn at any st, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next st and each st around. Some hexagons will still have ch-1 sps. Skip these. At seam, work dc dec across both sides of seam. Join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off Dark Olive.

Rnd 2: Attach Sungold yarn, ch 1, sc in same st, *sk 2 sts, 6 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st,* repeat around. It may be necessary to manipulate the skipped sts towards the end of the rnd in order to finish with a shell st rather than a sc. Join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off Sungold.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions on this pattern. The pattern PDF is available at My Fingers Fly. If you prefer Ravelry, turtles are the featured animal on June 13 – Benjamin Turtle. Each day in June, a different animal pattern is half price.

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Last year I published an Elephant Crochet Pattern ebook, but I just wasn’t satisfied with the amount of patterns, so I added a few more patterns. The ebook PDF is now available on Etsy and My Fingers Fly. Kindle and paperback versions are also available on Amazon. ElephantBookCover

Miles the Jazzy Elephant was so much fun to make; I hope you’ll enjoy him too. Elephant patterns are also available separately on Ravelry, Etsy, Lovecrafts, and My Fingers Fly. Also included in the book is an Elephant Ear Saver Crochet Pattern (free on the blog).

Miles and Benjamin will both be included in my next book, A to Z Animal Crochet. Animal patterns are so much fun!

I still have a few 2020 Crochet Calendars left – just pay shipping. Even though the year is almost half gone, the 12 kitchen crochet patterns can be used forever.

Stay safe and happy crocheting!

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Addi Fat Cat Pattern

Hopefully everyone is staying safe in this crazy new world. Boredom is a serious problem, so I’m working quickly to get new free patterns posted. This cat was done quickly, so please let me know if you see any problems.

Addi Fat Cat Pattern

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn –

3.5 oz. MC

2.5 oz. CC

Few yards yellow and black

Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook

Yarn needle

Fiberfil stuffing

Addi Pro & Addi Express machines

Directions:

BODY:

On Addi King, cast on CC. Work 20 Rnds.

Rnd 21: 22 CC, 1 MC, 23 CC.

Rnd 22: 21 CC, 3 MC, 22 CC.

Rnd 23: 20 CC, 5 MC, 21 CC.

Rnd 24: 19 CC, 7 MC, 20 CC.

Rnd 25: 18 CC, 9 MC, 19 CC.

Work 80 rnds MC, 25 rnds CC. Bind off.

Fold piece inside itself with nose shaping on outer layer. Close top. Use black yarn to embroider nose and mouth. Stuff and sew bottom closed.

fat cat face

 

NOTE: If you’re not confident of your skills changing colors on the machine, nose shaping can be done with a duplicate st afterward. Work 25 rnds CC, 40 rnds MC. Then work duplicate st on Rnds 21-25. .

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The remaining parts are worked on Addi Pro.

EYES: (Make 2)

Cast on black, work 2 rnds. Change to yellow, work 8 rnds. Close both ends to form a circle. Sew to face with black on top.

fat cat eye

LEGS: (Make 4)

Cast on CC, work 10 rows. Change to CC, work 10 rows. Bind off.

Close CC end. Fold in half and work mattress st from end to center (where it changes to MC). Stuff lightly and sew closed. Stuff MC section and close end. Sew legs to body.

fat cat foot

EARS: (Make 2)

Cast on CC, work 8 rows, bind off. Pull ends tight and sew closed. Fold circle in half. Use MC yarn to sc around top edge – 6 sc on one side, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) at center, 6 sc down other side. Fasten off and sew ears to head.

fat cat ear

TAIL:

Cast on MC, work 10 rows. Change to CC, work 30 rows. Bind off. Fold in half lengthwise and use mattress st to close. Pull sts tight to curl tail. Stuff lightly and sew to back of body. Use a pipe cleaner if desired to bend tail.

fat cat tail

Download PDF at My Fingers Fly

Please share photos of your cats to Instagram.

More Cat Patterns:

Free Black Cat Crochet Pattern – Spooktacular Crochet Patterns Book

Black Cat Door Hanger Tutorial – Fox Christmas Ornament

Easter is coming up, so check out the free Easter patterns that I posted last year.

Easter Lamb Free Pattern

Easter Bunny Hot Rod Crafts

April in San Antonio – Amazon Giveaway – Free Easter Pattern

National Unicorn Day – Bunny Bath Puff Pattern – Amazon Giveaway

 

 

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Ultimate Christmas Pattern Bundle

 

Christmas in July Blog Roundup

Moose Ornament

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Materials:

Worsted weight yarn – few yards of red, black, ivory, brown

Crochet hook size G (4.00 mm)

10 mm wooden ring (or any 3” ring)

2 google eyes

Finished ornament measures approximately 4” diameter

Directions:

RING:

Working in sc around wooden ring, *4 black sc, 4 red sc,* until ring is completely covered. Fasten off. Cut 8” piece of black yarn and loop around ring for a hanger.

MOOSE:

Row 1: With brown yarn, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3 ch (4 sc).

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, inc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, inc in last st (6 sc).

Rows 3-6: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st.

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, dec over first 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, dec over last 2 sts ( 4 sc).

Rows 8-12: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st. Do not fasten off.

EDGING:

Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in 1st st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in last st on top of head. Working down the side, sc in 1st row end, ch 4, sl st in 1st ch (ear made), continue sc down side, across bottom, and up other side. After sc in Row 11 end, ch 4, sl st in 1st ch (second ear made), sc in Row 12 end. Join with sl st.

ANTLERS:

Row 1: With ivory yarn, work 5 fsc, sc in 6 sc across top of head, work 5 more fsc.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in 1st st, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch and next 2 chs, sl st in next sc, sc in next st, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch and next ch, sl st in next sc, sc in next sc, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch, sl st in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch, sl st in next sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch and next ch, sl st in next sc, sc in next sc, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch and next 2 chs, sl st in next sc. Fasten off ivory. Weave in all ends.

Use black yarn to make nostrils with sl st. Sew moose to ring. Glue on google eyes.

Now it’s time for me to get all the gifts finished for my Christmas gift list. I hope everyone has the happiest of holidays.

More Christmas Ideas

Christmas in July Blog Hop

Texas Flag Christmas Tree Ornament

Crown Ornament

Fox Christmas Ornament

Santa Gift Basket Addi Pattern

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Black Cat Door Hanger Tutorial – Fox Christmas Ornament

A cool front blew in last night, so it finally feels like Halloween. I miss the Halloweens when the kids were young, and I spent most of October sewing costumes for them. I think my favorite was the Jack Sparrow costume.

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As a treat for you this year, I made a tutorial on YouTube for a black cat door hanger on the Addi knitting machine. It’s quick and easy to make and looks so cute hanging on the front door.

Black Cat Door Hanger

More Halloween patterns are available at My Fingers Fly  including the Frankenstein Eyeglass Holder for Frankenstein Friday.

Frankenstein eyeglass holder
Frankenstein Eyeglass Holder

Fox Christmas Tree Ornament

The cooler weather also gets me in a Christmas mood, so I have been working on ornaments for my tree. It may be too early for some people, but crafters know that it’s never too early to start making Christmas items.

Fox ornament crochet pattern

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn – a few yards of light (CC) and dark (MC)

Crochet hook size G (4.00 mm)

Yarn needle

Black pompom

2 google eyes

Ribbon or cord.

Directions:

Rnd 1: With CC yarn, ch 2 (or magic circle), 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (8 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (12 sc).

Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (16 sc).

Rnd 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (20 sc). Fasten off CC.

Rnd 6: With MC yarn, *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (24 sc).

Rnds 7-11: Sc in each st.

Rnd 12: Sk 12 sts, sc in 12 sts.

Rnd 13: *Dec, sc in next 4 sts* twice (10 sc).

Rnd 14: *Dec, sc in next 3 sts* twice (8 sc).

Rnd 15: Dec 4 times (4 sc). Fasten off with 4” length. Pull sts tight to close.

Go back to unworked sts of Rnd 11. Sc in each st. Repeat Rnds 12-15.

Glue on eyes and pompom nose. Cut a piece of cord or ribbon about 15” long. Pull through a stitch at the top of the back of the fox and make a knot.

Halloween/Dias de los Muertos

There’s still time to make some cool sugar skull items. Paperback and Kindle versions of Sugar Skull Crochet Patterns is available at Sugar Skull Crochet Patterns.

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2020 Crochet Calendar

 

Calendars are here! I’m so proud of this project – 2 years of designing, testing, and tweaking have finally brought my vision to life (with the help of a great photographer and a very patient graphic artist).

2020 Crochet Calendar

Looking for the perfect gift for the crocheters in your life? This calendar is the perfect gift that keeps giving all year long. Each month there is a new crochet pattern to add a little whimsy to your kitchen: January Zebra potholder International Zebra Day February Wine Bottle potholder National Drink Wine Day March Three Little Pigs panhandlers National Pig Day April Bunny dish scrubby Easter May Firefighter axe panhandler International Firefighter's Day June Giraffe potholder National Giraffe Day July Ice Cream Cone potholder National Ice Cream Month August Fish kitchen towel National Marine Week September Elephant potholders National Elephant Appreciation Day October Skull kitchen towel Halloween November Eagle potholder Veterans Day December Christmas panhandlers Christmas Skill level: Easy to intermediate Each calendar page measures 8.5" x 11". Calendar includes January through December of 2020. Also included is a 25% off coupon which is valid on any pattern or ebook throughout the year.

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Stay tuned for my November blog:

  •  2020 Crochet Calendar Giveaway
  •  Veterans Day patterns
  •  More Christmas patterns
  •  Highlights of my London trip

More Halloween patterns